Jan. 21, 2008 – PWC Digest
January 21, 2008
Filed under Features
Ocean Pro Tooling Put Up for Sale
Ocean Pro, the iconic aftermarket brand dealers likely remember from the standup heydays of the 1980s and early ’90s, is offering its original cylinder and cylinder head tooling for sale on eBay.
Priced currently at $85,000, the auction includes the entire cylinder and head tooling, as well as all the original patterns made during the past 28 years. According to the eBay description, the purchase is a golden opportunity to get into the PWC market with performance offerings for all the popular models from the past several decades.
Ocean Pro founder Ken Klus estimates if an interested party were to contract an engineering company and mold and pattern makers to build the equivalent, plus do the foundry and machining, tooling, R&D and testing, it would cost well more than $400,000.
Tooling is available for Kawasaki 440, 550, 650, 750, 900 and 1100 engines, Polaris 750 and 1100, Sea-Doo 580, Tigershark 900 and 1100, and Yamaha 633 and 701. Interested parties can call 800/553-6650, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. The actual auction can be found through Ocean Pro’s eBay storefront at stores.ebay.com/ocean-pro-engineering-since-1977.
Frazier and the Dancer
The ongoing charity benefit raffles for the medical needs of injured freerider Joe Kenney recently saw International Jet Sport Boating Association head Scott Frazier buy a stripper pole … sort of. The standup handlepole, custom painted by Daylite Ramsey with a picture of a, uh, dancer, was offered up before Christmas. The ultimate winner was none other than Frazier, who bid $400 for the custom work of art and plans to display it proudly.
UMI’s Alisa Urschel Passes Away
The PWC community as a whole was saddened to learn of the passing of UMI Racing co-founder Alisa Urschel on Jan. 2.
Urschel, 47, who co-founded UMI with husband Scott, was widely considered one of the true enthusiasts of the sport, supporting numerous riders on both the grass roots and professional levels. psb